ABOUT COLOMBIAColombia is the only country in South America with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Lying to the south of Panama, Colombia controls the land access between Central and South America. With Panama to the north, Colombia is surrounded by Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, and Ecuador and Peru to the south west. The country was named in honor of Christopher Columbus, following the Italian version of his name (Cristoforo Colombo). Although Columbus never actually set foot on the current Colombian territory, in his fourth voyage he visited Panama, which was part of Colombia until 1903.
San Agustín is a town and municipality in the southern Colombian Department of Huila. The town is located 227 km away from the capital of the Department, Neiva. Population is around 30,000. The village was originally founded in 1752 by Alejo Astudillo but attacks by indigenous people destroyed it. The present village was founded in 1790 by Lucas de Herazo y Mendigaña.
Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for "Lost City") is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Sierra Nevada, Colombia. It is believed to have been founded about 800 AD, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. This location is also known as Buritaca and the Native Americans call it Teyuna.
Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena of the Indies or Cartagena of the West Indies, in Spanish), is a city on the northern coast of Colombia and capital of Bolívar Department. The metropolitan area has a population of 1,240,000, and the city proper 1,090,000 (2005 census). It is the fifth largest urban area in Colombia, and a centre of economic activity in the Caribbean region, as well a popular tourist destination.
Festivals and Events
'Forest of Statues' in San Agustin National Archaeological Park
Pre-Columbian stone statues in the 'Forest of Statues' in San Agustin National Archaeological Park, Huila, Colombia.
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro
Every 2 years this sprawling theater festival comes to Colombia’s vibrant capital city, Bogota. The festival takes over the entire city and is one of the highlights on the Colombian calender. It takes place on the 23rd ofMarch to the 8th of April, which coincides with Semana Santa, meaning Colombians will be in the mood to party (they get time off work)!"